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Anne Hyde

Anne Hyde – Duchess of York

Anne Hyde was born on 12 March 1637 as the daughter of Frances Aylesbury and Edward Hyde, later created Earl of Clarendon. She was born in Cranborne Lodge in Windsor Park, the home of her grandfather. She was named after Edward’s first wife, Anne Ayliffe of Grittenham who died six months into their marriage. We [read more]

Maria Theresia of Austria

Maria Theresa’s coronation as Queen of Hungary

This article was written by Carol. When Maria Theresa inherited the Habsburg lands in 1740 on the death of her father, the only part of her empire that seemed secure was Hungary. The Hungarian Diet (parliament) had previously agreed to her accession to the throne and plans began almost immediately for a coronation ceremony. From [read more]

Book Reviews

July 2017 Book News

Shadows of a Princess Paperback – 27 July 2017 (UK)  & 25 July 2017 (US) Reissued for the twentieth anniversary of Diana’s death, this sensational bestseller is an explosive account of her life, from the man who was by her side throughout its most turbulent period. In 1981 Lady Diana Spencer was seen by many [read more]

Elizabeth Báthory

Elizabeth Báthory – Between fact and fiction

Erzsebet or Elizabeth Báthory; the sixteenth-century Hungarian Countess is not a household name, but her story is embedded in popular culture. Elizabeth is believed to have been a mass murderer, with the highest number of victims in the world.  Part fact, part legend, the idea of Elizabeth as a crazed, vampiric, lesbian has contributed massively [read more]

Augusta of Saxe-Gotha

Enlightened Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte, and the Shaping of the Modern World exhibition opens at Kensington Palace

Enlightened Princesses dives into the world of three German Princesses who married into the British royal family. Caroline of Ansbach, Augusta of Saxe-Gotha and Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz became either Queen or Princess of Wales (Augusta’s husband predeceased his father, so she never became Queen) and in their respective roles, they became committed patrons of the [read more]


Rani Padmini – The Lotus Queen

This article was written by Shivangi Kaushik. Rani Padmini was the Rajput queen of Chittorgarh in the 13th – 14th century. She was married to Rawal Ratan Sen of Chittorgarh. Her name in Sanskrit means, she who sits on a  lotus, literally meaning Goddess of wealth, Lakshmi. She was a legendary beauty. Her husband, Rawal [read more]